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Our Sights & Sounds for Summer 2016

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, Aug 11, 2016 at 12:43pm

Neil Young. Earth. 2-disc CD Set $19.99. Neil Young‘s new live set, enhanced by studio overdubs, does more than offer a new take on favourites from across his storied career. In a collection of 13 songs performed without interruption over a 98 minute concert, Earth combines reinterpretations of Young's environmental songs featuring the Promise of the Real band along with sounds of the earth, from car horns to cows. The album includes tracks taken from last year’s The Monsanto Years to his 1970 classic After the Gold Rush, as well as the previously unreleased song “I Won’t Quit”. (Warner Music. June)

Jeff Beck. Loud Hailer. CD $15.99. The legendary guitarist's first studio album in six years combines fluid fretwork with topical lyrics to make a powerful statement about everything from the love of power to the power of love. The record contains 11 tracks that span funk, electronic music, soul and the blues with an emphasis on vocal songs. To help him write the 11 tracks, Beck teamed up with London singer Rosie Bones and guitarist Carmen Vandenberg. Bones lends her powerful voice to nine of the songs, with Beck rounding out the album with two of his signature instrumentals. (Warner. July)

Paris to Kyiv. Fragmenti Remixes. CD $20.00. Paris To Kyiv’s Fragmenti was originally released in 2005, a sonic tapestry of ancient Ukrainian song fragments and contemporary sounds. Nearly 11 years later, the remix album explores crossroads between the ancient Ukrainian sounds of Alexis Kochan’s Paris to Kyiv project infused with delicately crafted 21st century electronic wizardry. Other contributors include Greece’s Cayetano, composer Joe Silva, Canadian house music pioneers Miguel Graca and Trevor Walker, and a pair of remixes by Balanced Records’ founders Kasm and Solidaze. (Indie. May)

The Beach Boys. Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Edition. 4-disc CD & Blu-ray Audio Set $95.992-disc CD Set $21.99 / Vinyl $25.99. The Beach Boys' 1966 album, Pet Sounds, is universally hailed as one of popular music's most important recordings of all time. Fifty years after its original release, the 13 songs flow like few records before or after it. But what didn't make it onto the original record — the early fragmented takes of classic songs like “Sloop John B” or the snippets of dialogue between Brian Wilson and the musicians — reveals Wilson crafting the album that would become his masterpiece. (Universal. June)

Look after the jump for our favourite new Blu-Rays and DVDs...

Categories: Music, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, movies


Our Sights & Sounds for May/June 2016

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, Apr 27, 2016 at 9:56pm

Here's what we're watching and listening to this summer...

Music CDs & LPs

Matthew Barber & Jill Barber. The Family Album. CD. $16.99. Vinyl $22.99. Jill Barber has carved out a unique niche in the Canadian music landscape with her distinctive voice and repertoire, while her brother Matthew Barber is a Toronto-based troubadour known for his soul-searching ballads and clever hooks. Together they join forces on this 11-track collection of songs written by the renowned Canadian siblings themselves, as well covering tunes by such notable Canadian musicial icons as Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Ian Tyson, Gene MacLellan and more. (Outside Music. April)

Charles Bradley. Changes. CD $19.99. Vinyl $30.99. The 67 year-old soul singer's remarkable, against-all-odds rise since the release of his 2011 debut No Time For Dreaming continues with his third album. Having earned the moniker “The Screaming Eagle of Soul," the onetime James Brown impersonator is at his most versatile and complete on the new album which is anchored by the twin themes of love and heartache. These themes are epitomized by the title track when Bradley turns a Black Sabbath ballad about a breakup into an agonizing paean to his late mother. (Outside Music. April)

Kamasi Washington. The Epic. 3-disc CD Set $29.99. 3-LP Vinyl Set $57.99. A longtime sideman for Raphael Saadiq and Erykah Badu, the American jazz saxaphonist takes centre stage with his debut album. An extravagant love letter to soul jazz, John Coltrane (various periods) and 1970s fusion leaders like Miles Davis and Weather Report, Washington creates a generous musical canvas which he uses to widen the definition of jazz by flirting with elements of R&B, hip-hop, funk, soul, and string arrangements. (Outside Music. 2015) Catch Kamasi Washington at the 2016 TD Winnipeg International Jazz Fest in June.

Look after the jump to see what we're watching this summer...

Categories: Music, Saskatoon, Winnipeg


CJNU Nostalgia Radio Artist for April: FRANK SINATRA

by Tyler Vitt - Saturday, Apr 02, 2016 at 3:22pm

McNally Robinson is proud to announce a new partnership with Winnipeg's 93.7 CJNU Nostalgia Radio. Each month, we will feature and celebrate a different music legend, showcasing a new or relatively new album of their work.

We're starting with a bang by featuring Ol' Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra, as our first artist. Specifically, we're excited about the Ultimate Sinatra collections, which were released in commemoration of the 100 year anniversary of Sinatra's birth.

Available as a single CD, two LP, or four CD deluxe set, Ultimate Sinatra includes the greatest songs from Sinatra's entire career. In the case of the four CD deluxe set, there are 100 songs for his 100 years.

Listen to CJNU Nostalgia Radio for samples of the albums, and swing by the bookstore to claim your discs or vinyl.

Categories: Music, Store News, Winnipeg

Record Store Day 2016

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, Mar 10, 2016 at 4:44pm

This year, Record Store Day falls on Saturday, April 16th.

And yes, McNally Robinson will be taking part in the festivities. Just like in years past, we will be featuring dozens of special LPs that are available exclusively at independent RSD retailers like us and only on RSD.

Stock will be limited for most titles, so we suggest you join us early. Depending on the crowd, we may limit your selection just so that others can have a chance to pick up some unique albums.

If you're curious about which titles we're expecting, feel free to give us a call and ask for our Music staff (Winnipeg 204-475-0483, Saskatoon 306-955-3599). We'll point out that we don't always receive every RSD album that we expect, but we can let you know what we've ordered.

Categories: Music, Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

Our Sounds for March & April 2016

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Mar 01, 2016 at 10:58am

Lucinda Williams. The Ghosts of Highway 20. 2 CD set $18.99. 2 LP set $35.99. Interstate 20, which cuts a 1500-mile swath from South Carolina to Texas, also cuts deep into the spirit of those who have spent their lives traversing it. Williams, a longtime traveller up and down Highway 20 and whose 35-plus-year career has its foundations in blues and honky-tonk, gospel and soul, folk and rock, brings the stories of these people to life in this deeply felt, deeply affecting 14-song collection that cleaves close to Wiliams' past and present. (Sony. February)

Matt Andersen. Honest Man. CD $15.99. LP $20.99. A powerhouse perfomer with a rich, soul-filled voice, the New Brunswick bluesman has built a formidable following the old fashioned way, touring world wide and spreading his reputation through word of mouth. Along the way he managed to net three Maple Blues Awards and a JUNO Award nomination for Weightless (2014). Written around drum beats that takes the music to a new level, the ten songs that make up Andersen's eighth full-length album explore both the political and the personal. (True North. March)

Daniel Hope. My Tribute to Yehudi Menuhin. CD $14.99. April 22, 2016 would have been the 100th birthday of violin legend Yehudi Menuhin. In celebration of what would have been Menuhin's centenary, Daniel Hope, internationally renowned violinist in his own right, dedicates a complete album to his former mentor and close friend. The album is a beautiful selection of works, mostly commissioned by/for Yehudi Menuhin, including Takemitsu's Nostalghia, Reich's Duet for 2 Violins and String Orchestra and Henze's Adagio. (Deutsche Grammophon. February)

Bill Frisell. When You Wish Upon a Star. CD $15.99. Both deeply reverent to his source music and profoundly personal in his approach, guitarist Bill Frisell draws upon the classic film and television music we have heard on screen and how it shapes and informs our emotional relationships to what we see. Frisell, whose own music has been featured in major motion pictures like Finding Forrester and The Million Dollar Hotel performs with singer Petra Haden, violinist Eyvind Kang, bassist Thomas Morgan, and drummer Rudy Royston in re-imagining these time-honoured gems. (Sony. March)

This article taken from the March/April 2016 edition of our newsletter, The Bookseller.

Categories: Music, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, New Releases
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